It’s been five months since the final NBA G League game of the 2019-20 season. Since then, the Detroit Pistons purchased the Northern Arizona Suns and some of the top high school prospects have bypassed the collegiate level and will play on the Select Team in the G League next season. That is a huge accomplishment for the G League, as top prospects like LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton made the decision to play in NBL’s Next Stars Program last year.
The Sioux Falls Skyforce have developed one of the top developmental organizations in the G League. Miami has developed players like Duncan Robinson and Tyler Johnson in Sioux Falls, while finding contributors like Derrick Jones Jr. and Kendrick Nunn in the NBAGL.
Several coaches that were with the Skyforce moved up to have coaching roles with the Heat. Along with Sioux Falls, the Canton Charge have produced the most NBA call-ups (11) in the past three seasons. Both teams have continuously shown to prepare players for opportunities in the Association.
Dakota Schmidt, who has covered the NBA G League since 2012, joined The Chris Priczak Show to discuss the Detroit Pistons purchasing the Northern Arizona Suns and the G League forming a players union that will be temporarily named the Basketball Players Union. Dakota talks about a player he thinks that would have earned an NBA call-up if the 2019-20 season wasn’t suspended and his outlook on the 2020-21 G League season.
He has written several articles breaking down the top high school prospects like Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga. The breakdown on Green’s game can be found here and Kuminga’s game breakdown can be found here. Dakota gives his thoughts on the Professional Path Program and how important it is to surround the young players with the right veterans.
Episode Four: The G League With Dakota Schmidt
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